• Final Word: Texans at Patriots

    Summary of 46 articles · Updated Jan 14, 2013
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    • Where the Texans stand, position by position

      OFFENSE Quarterback Under contract: Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum. Free agents: None. Assessment: Rant and rave about Schaub’s inadequacies if you must, but he’s not going anywhere unless something completely out of the blue happens. (No, the P
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    • Hot topic: Did the Texans miss their title window?

      The Houston Texans enjoyed a record-breaking season, but the players considered it a disappointment. From the very beginning - from the first day of training camp on July 27 - the players had one goal in mind. “Super Bowl or bust,” center Chris My
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    • Solomon: Texans will maintain status as Super Bowl contenders

      Is the Texans’ Super Bowl window closed? With all due respect to those who ask this question, there is no such thing as a Super Bowl window. Save such talk for the NBA or MLB. There is too much turnover in today’s NFL for “windows to win” to exist
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    • Harvey: Texans window of opportunity for Super Bowl rapidly closing

      The front-page headline in the Boston Herald before Sunday’s game in Foxborough, Mass., between the Patriots and Texans read: “TOM’S TIME: After bitter Super Bowl defeats, it may be now or never again for Brady.” There is a sense in Boston that th
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    • Texans’ season by the numbers

      33 - Seasons since Houston last had a team in the AFC Championship Game. 0 - Times Houston has hosted an AFC Championship Game or had a team reach the Super Bowl. 11 - Touchdowns surrendered by the Texans’ defense in two games against the Patriots. 28 -
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    • Five things the Texans must do to take the next step

      What the Texans must do to reach the Super Bowl next season: 1. Lock up the home-field advantage in the postseason, ensuring there will be no encore Gillette Stadium horror show. Houston’s NFL teams have now fallen short before the AFC Championship Game
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    • Photos: Who the Texans will play during the 2013 season

      The Texans have three of the four remaining teams in the NFL playoffs (no Falcons) on next season’s schedule. An early look at what awaits:
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    • Texans Beat Up By Patriots 41-28 To End Season

      For the second straight season, the Texans road to the Super Bowl has ended in the Divisional Round. Sunday in New England, the Texans got off to a quick start thanks to a long opening kickoff return by Daniel Manning, but after getting just three point…
    • Were Texans better in 2011 or 2012?

      Were the 2012 Texans better than the 2011 Texans? They won a couple more games, but both seasons ended in the divisional round of the playoffs. “Obviously, we took a step from last year I think, with our young guys stepping up,”’ cornerback Johnatha
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    • Solomon: 10 things we learned about Texans this year

      1. The Texans are an upper echelon team. As evidenced by their dominant play early in the season and how they handled the bottom teams on the schedule. They didn’t lose a game to a non-playoff team and all of their losses were to teams that won at least
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    • New England ran away with the Win vs the Texans

      The New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans 41-28 to advance to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday. New England had a great game versus the hungry Texans, and showed up with a mission on their mind, to win. The score was close at half, 17-13, bu…
    • Texans can't handle Pats' pace, personnel

      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Player after player fell back into a common NFL safety net following the Houston Texans' 41-28 loss to the New England Patriots. We’ve just got to make more plays, they said. It’s a blanket, clichéd and too-easy solution to a los
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    • Patriots’ pace leaves Texans playing catch-up

      By Jason Mastrodonato FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It was a glitch that New England kept taking advantage of during Sunday’s 41-28 playoff win over the Texans. The Patriots, the team that set the record for most first downs (444) in an NFL season this year, ro
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    • After three great games, Patriots make a statement

      We saw three great football games this weekend. And then we saw one great football team. After a tremendous Saturday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, Sunday got started with another phenomenal game as the Falcons jumped out to a big lead, sq…
    • Texans’ playoff run ends in rematch with Patriots

      The Texans’ season is over. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns Sunday afternoon, leading New England to scores on three of its first four possessions of the second half for a 41-28 win in an AFC divisional playoff at
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    • Five things we learned in the Texans’ season-ending loss

      The real Texans are a darn good football team. Those imposters you saw against the Patriots in December were the frauds. … Oops. Wait. Those sentences were written when the score was 17-13 at the half. Those guys who showed up (or didn’t show up) in t
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    • Rapid Reaction: Patriots 41, Texans 28

      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Thoughts on the Houston Texans' 41-28 divisional-round loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium: What it means: The end of the road for the Texans, who finish 13-5. A season that once looked like it could end at the Supe…
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    • Texans trail Patriots 17-13 at halftime

      But two strong kickoff returns from Danieal Manning have given the Texans excellent field position, and Houston only trails 17-13 at halftime.
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    • Texans pull within four at the half

      After Shane Vereen’s second touchdown of the day, it appeared that the rout is on. It isn’t. Fueled by another long kickoff return from Danieal Manning, the Texans drove 47 yards in five plays to cut the gap from 17-3 to 17-13 at the half, thanks to a
    • Third-down struggles have Texans in trouble

      The Texans' push toward a Super Bowl berth is already in trouble.
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    • Texans’ offensive struggles continue against Patriots

      The Texans trail the Patriots 7-3 early during the second quarter and Houston's offensive problems continue.
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    • Texans score first, but could have had more

      Five weeks ago, the Texans didn’t score a point against the Patriots until New England had put 28 on the board.  This time, Houston struck first. A 94-yard kickoff return from Danieal Manning put the Texans at the Pats’ 12 yard line.  Four plays lat
    • Texans one win away from hosting AFC championship

      The Texans are less than 30 minutes away from facing New England in an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
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    • Preview: Texans vs Patriots

      Tonight is the huge AFC first round divisional playoff game. The Houston Texans vs. The New England Patriots in a rematch from December 10th, a Monday Night Football Game. In that game the Patriots beat the Texans 42-14 on a cold crisp night in New Engl…
    • Texans will host AFC title game, if they upset Patriots

      The Texans are one step away from hosting the AFC Championship Game. Granted, it’s one very big step. Former University of Texas kicker Justin Tucker kicked a game-winning field goal in the second overtime as the Baltimore Ravens upset top-seeded Denver
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    • Texans guide to the game against the Patriots

      1. How are the Texans going to keep from getting embarrassed like they did in the 42-14 loss at New England last month? In that game, they made every mental and physical mistake possible. Penalties at the worst time killed them. On the first drive, they…
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    • Texans’ top players have to be at their best to beat Patriots

      Would Matt Schaub sacrifice his left ear if he could throw four touchdown passes and win at New England like he did at Denver? “Are you kidding? I’d give an eye, too,” Schaub said. And I think he meant it. Schaub had 290 yards, four touchdowns and a
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    • Patriots healthy for matchup against Texans

      The New England Patriots made a massive overhaul to their injury report on Friday, removing 15 players who had been listed as limited in Thursday's session.
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  • J.J. Watt: Texans’ season wasn’t a success

    J.J. Watt was an All-Pro performer in 2012, and he put together what his veteran defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, described as the best season he’s seen out of a defensive lineman. But in the wake of the Texans’ loss Sunday to the Patriots, Watt
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  • Texans owner points out lack of linebacker depth

    Texans owner Bob McNair bemoaned his team’s lack of depth, but the reality is it’s as simple as bad luck. “Last year and this year for some reason, players that we’ve lost have been key players,” McNair said, via Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chr
    • McNair: Texans need more depth to take next step

      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Brian Cushing felt helpless as he watched. The Texans were losing in the AFC divisional round again, and there was nothing he could do about it. There had been nothing he could do about anything they did for the past three months. So
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  • Grading the Texans: vs. Patriots

    QB: D Matt Schaub threw for 343 yards. His two touchdown passes came after it was 38-13. He had a costly interception. They were 27 percent on third down and 67 percent in the red zone. He couldn’t get them into the end zone until it was too late. RB: B
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  • Brady, Pats finish Texans

    There they go again. Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots outlasted the Texans 41-28 to reach their seventh AFC Championship Game in the past 12 years.
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  • Texans pull closer, onside kick fails

    Well, the Texans showed a little fight.  But, so far, not enough. A pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion cut New England’s lead from 25 to 10.  But a Texans onside kick with more than five minutes left was recovered by the Patriots. New Engla
  • Texans keep fighting, edge within 38-28 of Patriots

    The Texans have scored 15 consecutive fourth-quarter points to edge within 38-28 of the New England Patriots on Sunday during an AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Houston trailed by 25 points early in the period, though, and the Texans ar…
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  • Ravens get Patriots in AFC championship

    For the second straight year, the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will face each other in Foxborough, Mass., for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Kickoff for Sunday's AFC Championship Game is 6:30 p.m. ET. The fourth-seeded Ravens advanced S…
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  • Fans show their passion for Texans on social media

    Whether at their favorite sports bar, the comfy confines of their living room or in the stands at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Texans fans aren’t afraid to share their thoughts (and some photos) on today’s divisional round playoff game again
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  • Patriots in control 17-3; Texans overmatched in rematch

    The Patriots' regular-season blowout of the Texans is on the verge of being replayed.
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  • Pats stretch lead to seven

    Gradually, the Patriots are waking up.  But their rematch with the Texans is a far cry from the blowout we saw five weeks ago. The Pats have added to their lead with a 37-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.  The points came on a drive that stalled
  • Patriots up 10-3 against Texans midway through second

    New England's accelerated offense has caught the Texans off guard.
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  • Texans’ 3-0 lead against Pats holds as game settles down

    The Texans hold an early 3-0 lead against the Patriots on Sunday during an AFC divisional playoff game. Houston went three-and-out on its first drive and New England did the same. The Texans took an early 3-0 lead, though, thanks to Danieal Manning’s 94
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    • Texans take 3-0 lead after Shayne Graham field goal

      Danieal Manning set Houston up for an easy, quick score. Shayne Graham took care of the rest.
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